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Monthly Newsletter | October 2020
Museum Hours

11/1/2020 - 11/30/2020
Tue-Fri: 9:30 am to 2 pm
Sat-Sun: 11 am to 3 pm

In light of the current COVID-19 health and safety concerns, we have moved all events to virtual platforms. We hope you can visit us during our business hours, as well as participate in our upcoming virtual events!

| From the Executive Director|

Our first ever virtual annual fundraiser was a success! A big thank you to our donors, the Board of Directors, Associate Board, staff and volunteers for their support! Kudos to the Fundraising Committee for working tirelessly for many nights on the event! Special mention and thanks to Nick Lau for assisting in the video production!

If you missed the event, you can still watch it here on YouTube, and make a donate to support us. Every penny counts and any level of donations will make a difference!

All in all, we did SIX virtual events in the month that were well-received by the audience.

We also had our first ever virtual retreat in the month. Our new Associate Board also participated in the meeting, and shared their innovative ideas during the breakout sessions on various discussion topics. We would like to welcome the Associate Board members, Ada Tong, Christine Sun, Melissa Kocelko and Vivian Yan-Gonzalez, for joining our retreat, and thank them for volunteering their time to help our Museum grow.

2020 Election Day is just around the corner and we need to hear your voice! It is only three days away on November 3rd (Tuesday). The Chicago Board of Elections just announced that they would utilize the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, as an Election Day Voting Super Site for the first time in the arena’s history. Please cast your ballot if you haven’t done so during the early voting period.


Ben Lau
Executive Director

| October Highlights|

2020 Virtual Annual Fundraiser
Postponed due to COVID-19, CAMOC hosted its Annual Fundraiser virtually for the first time ever! We had special performances from the Tuvergen Band, Kerry Leung, and Chinese dancers. Our volunteers, staff, and board members also shared stories. This fundraiser's theme was to reflect on Chinese American heritage and build a legacy for generations to come. Thank you to those that tuned in and supported us!

If you were not able to join us, but would still like to support the Museum, please donate below with the button. We need your support!
2020 Virtual Mid-Autumn Festival
CAMOC and the Chicago Park District hosted its first-ever virtual Mid-Autumn Festival this month! The event was part of the Night Out in the Parks program, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Field Museum, and the Roots & Routes Initiative.

For those who may have missed the launch or would like to re-watch the videos, our interactive site will remain up for viewing on the Museum website. A playlist of the videos can also be accessed here on our Museum's YouTube Channel. Thank you for tuning in with us!
CAMOC Participates in Open House Chicago
In the middle of October, CAMOC participated in Open House Chicago 2020, which included both in-person and remotely accessible experiences. Open House Chicago invited attendees to learn about extraordinary neighborhoods across Chicago and their histories. The event was extended to November 1st.
CAMOC Featured in Allied PHS
"The 7 Best Museums to Visit in Chicago"
Chicago-based Allied Plumbing and Heating Supply Co named CAMOC one of the 7 best museums in Chicago, alongside notable institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago and the DuSable Museum of African American History. You can view the full list here.
Chinatown Museum Foundation Associate Board
Chinatown Museum Foundation, which governs the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, is forming an Associate Board with the purpose of generating new opportunities for the Museum, especially with programming for high school and college students and young professionals. All skill sets will be considered. If interested in serving on the Associate Board to expand the Museum's public programming and fundraising efforts, please email a letter of interest/cover letter with your resume/curriculum vitae to office@ccamuseum.org.
|Monthly Spotlight|
A note of thanks - Si Yung Liang

Mrs. Liang is a Title V program participant who has been assigned to our museum for almost a year. She is originally from Taishan and has been in the US for twelve years. She has three children, two in the US and one in China. When asked what her favorite thing about working at the museum is, she said, "When I work here, it makes me happy!" We are grateful for the work she does in keeping the Museum clean and tidy. She brings humor and kindness everywhere she goes!
CAMOC Together Against COVID-19 Special Collection
An old Chinese saying, 時勢造英雄 (Shíshì zào yīngxióng ), which means a hero is made in the time of misfortune aptly describes how people rally together in the pandemic. During this challenging time we are deeply moved by the proactive steps and incredible acts of generosity and support exhibited by the Chinese Americans. Thousands of individuals and organizations have been raising money, donating personal protective equipment, and providing free meals to those in need, especially to front-line healthcare workers and others. CAMOC is inviting you to help us preserve these heroic moments by sharing the stories to our Together Against Covid-19 Special Collection.

CAMOC started this special collection with the goal of recording the experiences and stories of individuals, families, and organizations during these unprecedented times. The Together Against Covid-19 Collection will include various forms of content, which can be photos, videos, articles, audios, letters, paintings, certificates, or any form you can think of. If you are not sure whether your content fits our collection or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please send your story to covid19@ccamuseum.org , with the subject Together Against Covid-19 Collection. And please include your contact information , including full name, organization or community if applicable, email, phone number, and mailing address.
|Corrections|
Correction to the last newsletter's Monthly Spotlight introducing Artist-In-Residence Lucy P. Liu:

Lucy has taught Chinese paper-cutting courses at Benedictine University, the Center for Lifelong Learning, Chicago Public Libraries, the University of Chicago - Lab Schools, and many other museums and schools.

|Upcoming Events|
Panel Discussion
Honor and Duty:
The Chinese American WWII Veterans
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 6 - 7pm CST
Location: Zoom

In Honor and Duty: The Chinese American WWII Veterans, E. Samantha Cheng compiles a thorough historical record that recognizes the service and sacrifice these patriots paid in America's wartime need. In addition, the data collected and compiled for the Congressional Gold Medal project will serve as an indispensable source of info for surviving family members and historians/scholars alike.

Register here.


About the panelists:

Fang A. Wong was born in Canton, China and immigrated to the United States in November 1960 at the age of twelve. He has been a naturalized citizen since January 1963. In addition to his Vietnam service he also served tours of duty in Germany, Korea, and several stateside military bases. He retired from the Army in May 1989 was elected as The American Legion National Commander from 2011-2012.

Frank R. Shirer completed 20 years of active enlisted and commissioned service in the U.S. Army, serving in field artillery and military intelligence assignments, retiring as a captain. He was employed as a historian for the US Army Center of Military History for 22 years. As the Center’s chief archivist he was branch chief of the Historical Resources Branch, which consisted of the Center of Military History archive and library, for his last 14 years before retirement.

E. Samantha Cheng is an experienced journalist and documentarian. Cheng is the Co-Founder of Heritage Series, LLC, a company that specializes in educational programs about U.S. ethnic minorities and their contribution to U.S. history. She is author and publisher of HONOR AND DUTY: The Chinese American WWII Veterans, the subject of the panel discussion.

The Chinese American Museum of Chicago's Executive Director Ben Lau will moderate the discussion.
Straight to the Heart!
Storytelling Workshop/Circle with Ada Cheng
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time: 1 - 4pm CST
Location: Virtual Space

Do you want to tell stories to connect with people emotionally and to create intimate communities with others? There are two parts to this workshop/circle. During the first half of the session, we will discuss central tenets of this art form and learn how to craft and tell stories. Participants will share personal stories during the second half of the session.  

Register here.


Instructor Bio
Ada Cheng is a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She is the producer and the host of five storytelling shows, including Pour One Out, Am I Man Enough?, Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, Speaking Truths Series, and This Is America: Truths through My Body. She creates platforms for people to tell difficult and vulnerable stories as well as spaces for people and communities who may not have opportunities otherwise. She currently works as the Education and Outreach Specialist with Women’s Leadership and Resource Center at UIC, providing training on issues related to gender-based violence. Her interests span multiple fields, including academia, storytelling/performance art, and advocacy. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.  

For more information visit her website here.
[Postponed to 12/16/2020] TALK STORIES
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Time: 7PM

Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asia Diaspora Storytelling Show will return to the Chinese American Museum of Chicago on Wednesday December 16.

Talk Stories showcases storytellers of Asian identities and backgrounds through different storytelling medium, including personal narrative, music/dance, and improv comedy. We include both performers as well as community members in storytelling to reflect upon their experiences as Asian Americans as well as members of the Asian diaspora.

We will send the tickets registration link once available.

|Volunteers Wanted!|

We are looking for dedicated, reliable, and energetic individuals who would like to experience our historic institution from the inside — as volunteers! We need volunteers for docents, greeters and special events. If you are interested in volunteering for us, please use the button below to visit our related page and download a volunteer form:
About Us

The mission of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center (CAMOC) is is to advance the appreciation of Chinese American culture through exhibitions, education, and research and to preserve the past, present, and future of Chinese Americans primarily in the Midwest.

The museum building, formerly the Quong Yick Co., is located in Chicago's Chinatown, at 238 West 23rd Street in Chicago. The Museum opened to the public on May 21, 2005. After a devastating fire in September of 2008, the Museum was closed for renovation and reopened in 2010.

CAMOC is governed by the Board of Directors of the Chinatown Museum Foundation (CMF), a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Chicago, Illinois.